Todd Grantham is YouTube gold — and that’s a problem

Todd Grantham's actions at Vanderbilt shouldn't be defended by anybody. (Johnny Crawford/AJC)

Todd Grantham's actions at Vanderbilt shouldn't be defended by anybody. (Johnny Crawford/AJC)

I hadn’t planned on writing any more about the incident between Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin Saturday night. But I’ve been astounded by how many Bulldogs fans have come to Grantham’s defense, so let me just get this out once:

There’s a line between emotion and stupidity, and Grantham crossed it.

Coach Mark Richt knows as much. Athletic director Greg McGarity, who has met with Grantham according to our Chip Towers, knows as much. The SEC is reviewing the incident.

Even Grantham — once he cooled down 36 hours later — somewhat admits he overreacted, saying this morning:  “… It was unfortunate that things escalated to a confrontation. However, I’ll use it as a learning experience for myself as well as my players so that we all become better men.”

To recap quickly (video below): The Georgia-Vanderbilt game was an emotional one (more than one would have expected). Georgia had a few personal fouls (Kwame Geathers even punching a Vandy player while he was down). Some Dogs defensive players reportedly were upset about Vandy’s cut-blocking tactics.

But none of that excuses the way Grantham acted during a post-game feud with Franklin. For one, he’s a college coach. There something to be said about setting an example for youth .This has nothing to do with Georgia needing to show more emotion and a coach trying to fire up his troops. Emotion can be more of a weakness than a strength.

Secondly, some folks get the benefit of the doubt. Grantham is not one of them. Last season, he gave the choke sign to Florida kicker Chas Henry multiple times before the Dallas, Ga., native nailed a 36-yard field goal in overtime to give the Gators a 34-31 win in Jacksonville. (See video below.) That was even worse than this because it was a 44-year-old coach taunting a 21-year-old college kid.

A few days after that game, Grantham expressed regret about the incident, saying, “As a competitor, sometimes you get caught up in the heat of the moment. I wish the situation hadn’t happened.”

This makes it two straight seasons Grantham has been a YouTube sensation (or embarrassment). With the Florida game coming up, he might want to turn the other way during field goal attempts.

And from now on, just walk off the field after the game and avoid the handshakes. It’s clear he needs some alone time first.

Grantham after Vanderbilt game

Grantham against Florida last season

933 comments Add your comment

ToccoaBird

October 17th, 2011
12:25 pm

The only problem Georgia has is a PC coach that listens to IDIOTS at AJC who cant uncover Tech violations right under their eyes because they want to bash UGa so bad.

Dean Tate

October 17th, 2011
12:30 pm

Yes, Grantham overreacted. But let’s not forget that he overreacted to something that James Franklin instigated by yelling at Shawn Williams. Franklin’s conduct was just as unprofessional as Grantham’s.

Innocent Bystander

October 17th, 2011
12:31 pm

A classless moron who can’t coach all that well. What a perfect representation of uga. I hope once Richt is gone they make this guy the HC.

SECya

October 17th, 2011
12:31 pm

If you take into account what everyone on both sides have said, Franklin and Grantham both over reacted. If Coach Franklin did say to Shawn Williams what is being reported he said, then his is in an even worse person than Grantham. Attacking another coach is one thing, they are both adults getting paid a lot of money for what they do. Attacking another teams player after a game deserves to be addressed by a coach and the league. Franklin initiated the exchange, but Grantham is the one taking all the heat by the AJC.

Richt`s Hammer

October 17th, 2011
12:32 pm

Choakdwag strikes again.

I did throw my purse at him and he promised to be good. Choakdawg promised not to eat the Florida coach when we lose again in Jacksonville.

He really did promise. Praise the lord and pass the biscuits.

Did he really eat Russ?

Terrible Truth

October 17th, 2011
12:32 pm

The choke gesture? Low class. Standing up for your players? Not. I respect the Vanderbilt coach just as much for standing up for his. That man has a bright future ahead of him.

rally

October 17th, 2011
12:32 pm

You DAWG fans are amazing. You support a monster like Goon Grantham but are always attacking a classy guy like Mark Richt. We here in Nashville are getting a kick of how stupid you all look to the world outside of the backwoods of Georgia.

Doug

October 17th, 2011
12:34 pm

Come on Schultz get a clue what do you want the guy to do when the opposing coach is berading one of his players. The choke sign last year was wrong but Granthem was right on this one.

38 Yardline Dawg

October 17th, 2011
12:34 pm

Jeff, I back you on this point. I love that Grantham is passionate about coaching the defense. But you’ve got to lead with maturity and restraint, even if your intentions are to defend our players.

Vince Lombardi

October 17th, 2011
12:34 pm

Most UGA fans support this white trash behavior. It fits their morally bankrupt fan base perfectly.

IL Jacket

October 17th, 2011
12:35 pm

I think Coach Richt said it best, “[but] we are grown men and need to act that way.”

hotdawg

October 17th, 2011
12:36 pm

Good call Dean Tate! Grantham is an intense guy so just because you have a chip on your shoulder because you are continually the cellar dweller of the SEC East means you can get away with yelling at our players! The Vandy fans were classless with the INBRED UGA painted on their chests also!

JT

October 17th, 2011
12:36 pm

Didn’t watch the game, but after watching that video (why was it in super-slo-mo other than to make it last 10 times longer than real time?), what’s the big deal? He didn’t swing at, grab, or flip off anybody.

Paul in NH

October 17th, 2011
12:37 pm

….But I’ve been astounded by how many Bulldogs fans have come to Grantham’s defense…
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Jeff – I don’t know how you could be surprised. You see the same Manichean view of the world all over the US these days – and it’s not just in CFB. You’d get the same thing (though not to the same extent, because the number of fans is different) with GT, ALA, AU , etc

If this was CPJ and Tech wouldnt be a big deal.

October 17th, 2011
12:38 pm

Come on Schultz get a clue what do you want the guy to do when the opposing coach is berading one of his players.

I guess just stand there and take it.

James

October 17th, 2011
12:38 pm

ToccoaBird good point. It’s amazing the pass that Tech got. It’s not a huge deal, but were it Georgia, there would have been front page articles in the AJC every day for weeks. Oh well, guess they know who sells papers and who doesnt.

Doug

October 17th, 2011
12:38 pm

The real story here is what a joke James Franklin is going after a player on another team come on.

ToccoaBird

October 17th, 2011
12:39 pm

All you techies need to worry about losing to Va. We Dawg fans will support our D Coordinator. Schultz should return to supporting Georgia State.

Calhoundawg

October 17th, 2011
12:39 pm

You sure are milking this thing, Jeff. I have no problem calling out Grantham for inappropriate behavior. However, since you want to keep generating internet hits on your article, why not write one about how classless and inappropriate it was for Franklin to seek out and address a Georgia player instead of “trying to find Coach Richt” as he erroneously claims. Come on, write something about it. I dare you.

John Galt

October 17th, 2011
12:39 pm

Terrible Truth-

You are dead on. The choke gesture was a mistake but Grantham earned his player’s respect by covering their backs. If he is fined we need to start mailing checks to cover it.

I love Coach Richt but I really wish we could see a fraction of Grantham’s emotion in him- I swear that he looks like he would be anywhere else but on the sideline on Saturdays.

I couldn’t give a rat’s a$$ about Schultz’s opinion on this. He has a right to express his opinion, but he is wrong.

dog-gone

October 17th, 2011
12:40 pm

Schultz, I can’t believe you can say that about Grantham. Head coach Franklin way out of bounds when he verbally attacked a georgia player after the game was over. THE HEAD COACH WAS WRONG, he’s the guy setting the example, and if you heard his post game interview, you can tell what a HOT HEAD he is. Maybe Granthem went a little overboard, but someone on the Ga coaching staff has to have some balls and protect their players. I have been on the Ga sidelines and speak from experience, there’s NO emotion from the coaching staff, prior to Grantham’s arrival. It just isn’t in Richt’s character, someone has to FIRE UP THE PLAYERS.

ramguy68

October 17th, 2011
12:42 pm

Oh gee gang an AJC sportswriter thinks CTG crossed the line……maybe he should have told his players “oh golly gee fellers, we better run from that bad man from Vandy. It would be wrong to stand up to him”. If he hadn’t have stood up for the players and just ignored Franklin and walked away the same writers would be blasting him for that too.

hahahahahahah

October 17th, 2011
12:43 pm

keep taking it in the backdoor “rally”

georgiagirl

October 17th, 2011
12:43 pm

Then not write about UGA, go write about Tech.

Calhoundawg

October 17th, 2011
12:44 pm

Further, Franklin is the Head Coach. Can you ever see Mark Richt or any other SEC coach doing something so pathetically immature? Come on, Jeff, write another article. That is if you’re man enough to come out from behind your week in and week out bashing of everything UGA. I’m waiting.

Fire Mike Bobo

October 17th, 2011
12:46 pm

‘ll take a coach with a little fire over the emotionless, care-free CMR any time. I’ll take my chances on our coaches occasionally going too far – which the choke sign thing definitely was -rather than the overly stoic CMR who reacts to any situation, any adversity, any loss with all the passion of someone tying their shoe. Yes, Richt is as classy as they come – no denying that. Grantham is not. But being classy doesn’t win an emotional game like football, and I’d venture to guess that these players are more inspired to go to battle for someone they know has their back versus someone who’s idea of motivation is telling the boys to mind their manners and reminding them losing is always acceptable as long as you try hard.

football fan

October 17th, 2011
12:46 pm

Mr Schultzie,
In response to your usual negative comments regarding local teams..I was at the game with a friend,(who graduated from Vandy) and was sitting right behind their bench…The fact is Vandy coach was screaming and pointing at one of our players as he came off the sidelines…and Grantham came to his defense..(this part is hear-say but I heard as Grantham approached him their coach said “your player has some real f#@%&* class” at which time Gratham began telling him what he could do with his opinion…) Your mention of Grantham changing his tune after cooling off is also after meeting with our AD…I agree with him defending his player..could he have been a little more professional? yes maybe he could have just sent him a card..

J Franklin

October 17th, 2011
12:47 pm

I am going to find that #36 after the game and let him know what I think about him then I’m going to tell on him! Hey lineman, keep chop blocking and holding the refs aren’t going to call it! That is the only way we are ever going to get any running yards!

Buckshot

October 17th, 2011
12:48 pm

Schultz, I have lost a lot of respect for ya on this one. Just trying to get more reads. Franklin crossed the line. Grantham put him in his place.

MB

October 17th, 2011
12:49 pm

If this was CPJ and Tech wouldn’t be a big deal.

In fact we would be told over and over how much passion CPJ has and what a great coach he is.

We will be told that over and over after the Tech UGA game.

UGA will win but Tech will win the coaching intangibles we will be told.

And Schultz and MB lips will remain firmly in place.

MB

October 17th, 2011
12:51 pm

Franklin crossed the line. Grantham put him in his place.

Exactly but that fact doesn’t fit the story they want to tell. ( and sell wink wink )

So the part about Franklin instigating the whole thing is quietly omitted.

Timmy Dog

October 17th, 2011
12:51 pm

He is an embarrassement to the school. I don’t blame Franklin, as Geathers punched a Vandy player and we were lucky he wasn’t tossed. Grantham needs to grow up or move on. I’d like a fine and a suspension to show him how he’s expected to behave in the future. I can’t imagine Dr. Adams is pleased with his behavior.

BurytheBone

October 17th, 2011
12:52 pm

So what would be your assement of Muschamp’s tantrum’s? Or lets say Bobby Knight. I personally would much rather be in the foxhole with a man that has my back. With all these coachs going off on reporters at all levels you might want to reconsider what you print. Its not impossible to think one of these guys may act on his emotions and punch you in da nose. I don’t think CTG will be taking your questions. You are very skewed in you opinions.

justanotherfootball fan

October 17th, 2011
12:52 pm

Franklin and Grantham were both in the wrong…..end of story. However, I believe this becomes an advantage for UGA. Because, they are FIRED UP now! I don’t know how it works out for Vandy.

rally

October 17th, 2011
12:53 pm

Keep it up Dawgies. I simply refer everyone who wants to witness the bottom of the barrell of humanity to your comments. Georgia is a laughingstock today. Get ready for all the inbred jokes coming your way because you are only fanning the flames.

schmeckdawg

October 17th, 2011
12:53 pm

Coach Grantham, I am with you 100%! At least someone regarding the team has a pair!

Inspector G

October 17th, 2011
12:53 pm

My reaction is to disagree with Jeff…and Bill King…found here:

http://www.hailtothee.com (not work safe, just so you know)

-Inspector G

SEC Bystander

October 17th, 2011
12:54 pm

Perhaps Georgia fans should quit spending so much time blasting Bobby Petrino (4 years later)and more time looking at their own crappy coaches. It’s embarrassing to watch but it’s even more embarrassing that this happened against Vanderbilt…..Vanderbilt??

Higher Learning

October 17th, 2011
12:55 pm

Grantham used that ‘choke’ the Florida kicker fiasco
as a learning experience at the Vandy post game confrontation.

Kiss The Ring

October 17th, 2011
12:55 pm

Typical thuga activities. Meanwhile Crowell sits out the first quarter for some infraction. No way that kid makes it through college without suspensions and maybe kicked off.

NOT SO WELL DONE

October 17th, 2011
12:55 pm

POSTAL. Strike two.

Gator Mike

October 17th, 2011
12:56 pm

Coaches who are emotional are generally loved by their players. Coaches Grantham and Muschamp are both very emotional It seems that Grantham was sticking up for one of his players which is fine to me. Coaches need to stick up for their players, and it seems that Franklin was out of line. Whoever would have thought someone at Vandy could get fired up!
The game in Jax should be another good one. Go Gators!

MB

October 17th, 2011
12:57 pm

So what would be your assessment of Muschamp’s tantrum’s?

Id say there isn’t a problem

But there would be if he coached at Georgia.

J Franklin

October 17th, 2011
12:58 pm

Thanks to all the students in the stands for painting INBRED UGA on yourselves! Very classy! Hey Grantham, next time I scream at one of your players and tell on him you need to apologize to me and turn around and leave! Yeah were not going to take it anymore in Nashville! Come on Army your next against the chop blocks! Better bring your green berets with you!! ha ha ha ha

MB

October 17th, 2011
12:59 pm

Typical thuga activities.

And here are your typical Auburn players

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2011/03/four_auburn_football_players_a.html

DAWG258

October 17th, 2011
12:59 pm

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!!!!!

He did exactly what every coach should have done when his player is getting yelled at and a finger pointed in his face….. This is a TEAM – Stick up for each other and have each others back through thick and thin…
It gives me a good feeling that I can say UGA has a Coach that will stick up for the players no matter what!!!
Do as your taught and we got your back….. GATA.

Calhoundawg

October 17th, 2011
12:59 pm

Jeff must have wanted to play golf today, so he threw out a hastily written re-hash and left the office a little early. Hit’em good, Jeffie Boy. Fore!!

DurrtyDog

October 17th, 2011
1:00 pm

I’m sick of this. Everybody has something to say when it comes to the media. Georgia wins and its not good enough. Georgia loses and its I told you so. I’m sick of it. What Coach Grantham did was not appropriate but it wasn’t the end of the world. I think it shows why Georgia has been so undisciplined in games. When the coach is that fired up and wired up, he can’t possibly teach poise to a group of young men. Its no way. I think that’s a good thing when it comes to Georgia. Mark Richt is labeled as a good, clean cut, nice guy. We need a yang to his yin. The way you guys are blowing this up makes it more of a story than a few youtube hits. Who cares anyway? People go on youtube and blow up anything. Its YOUTUBE! My concern is the way the older heads around UGA are acting. They are the ones with the problem because they want GA to be a a bully who wears a three peace suit. I’m sorry. This is not 1965. Coaches, as we saw in the Detroit/San Francisco game, have emotions. I’m sure the guys who say well Erk Russel wouldn’t do this or Dooley would have did that, don’t remember Woody Hayes. This is a new era. Big Brother is watching and unfortunately, it caught a dog acting bad. That’s what dogs do! You can’t have it both ways. We were just patting Coach Grantham on the back for bringing our defense back to respectable but as soon as we get a little bad press, all the old heads got something to say. No one is talking about how a grown man (Vanderbilts coach) went after a player at the end of the game. To be honest, that was worse than what Coach Grantham did. To talk about how he had heated words for the Vanderbilt crowd is ludicrous. It was a tense moment and I’m sure those were not hellos they threw back at him. Coach Grantham should be reprimanded for what he did. Placing him in the same category as the Devil himself is a little over the edge.

Kiss The Ring

October 17th, 2011
1:00 pm

Muschamp is in WAY over his head. he is smoke and mirrors. The guy was lost Saturday night.

DAWGMAN

October 17th, 2011
1:00 pm

I THOUGHT IT WAS GREAT!! GO DAWGS!!!